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Central Maine Power and Canada’s Hydro-Quebec spent more than $7 million in the first quarter of the year opposing a prospective referendum that could scuttle a controversial transmission project through western Maine.

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Maine lawmakers are considering a bill that would bar foreign nationals and certain foreign corporations from spending to influence ballot campaigns. It is designed to close a loophole in Maine election law, but it could also have an immediate impact on Hydro-Quebec, the electricity supplier for a controversial $1 billion transmission line through western Maine.

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The Maine Legislature will consider an emergency bill that could prohibit Hydro-Quebec from spending money to influence a potential referendum on a controversial powerline project running through western Maine.

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A potential referendum over Central Maine Power's power line proposal for western Maine is generating more campaign finance violations, this time from opponents of the project.

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A bill designed to prevent the Canadian energy company Hydro-Quebec from spending on a campaign to rescue a controversial transmission line will be reviewed by the Maine Legislature.

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A ballot question committee representing the Canadian energy company Hydro-Quebec has paid a nearly $35,000 fine for the late disclosure of campaign activity in Maine.

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The 2020 elections won't just be about the race for the White House, Congress or the Maine Legislature. The elections will also be about vaccinations for school children and, potentially, whether Central Maine Power should be able to build a $1 billion power line that helps Massachusetts meet its renewable energy goals. 

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A ballot question committee representing the Canadian energy company Hydro-Quebec could face a significant fine from state election regulators for the late disclosure of campaign activity. Meanwhile, a state lawmaker is trying to stop the company’s efforts to convince Maine voters to approve a controversial $1 billion transmission project at the ballot box in November.

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Hydro-Quebec, the Canadian energy company poised to supply hydropower to a proposed transmission line through western Maine, is joining a campaign to defeat a referendum that could scuttle the $1 billion project at the ballot box next year.

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The public debate over Central Maine Power’s controversial power line project that would bring electricity from hydrodams in Quebec down to Massachusetts has mostly been focused on economics and on the potential environmental impact on Maine’s western forests.

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Terms like “renewable energy” and “clean energy” mean different things in different places at different times, and Canadian hydropower is in a grey zone that sometimes counts and sometimes doesn’t.

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Éric Martel took office as president and chief executive officer of Hydro-Québec in 2015. He joins us to answer questions about Hydro Quebec’s plans to bring power to and through Maine. We’ll discuss the controversial CMP corridor and whether or not the transmission line would help the state reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the company’s green energy goals, and their involvement with the new electric vehicle charging corridor Gov. Janet Mills announced last week.